Crowns and Fillings

Restoring Your Smile with Crowns and Fillings

Dental fillings and crowns are most often used on teeth that have been treated for cavities or root canals. They can also be used to fix teeth that are fractured, broken, or worn down.

Amalgam fillings are still used, especially since amalgam has the most strength and durability. However, many patients prefer aesthetically pleasing cosmetic fillings, such as:

Composite: Composite fillings are made from a mixture of resins and fine particles designed to mimic the color of natural teeth.

Glass Ionomer Cement: This dental restorative material is also tooth-colored, but it’s made from glass and acrylic resins. GIC tends to be more fragile, so it’s often used as a filling near the tooth root or gum line where biting pressure isn’t an issue.

Porcelain: Used for indirect restorations such as crowns, inlays, overlays, and veneers, porcelain fillings are durable and stain-resistant.

Crowns are generally made from porcelain, since they’re strong, long-lasting, and match the natural color of your teeth. Crowns can be applied singly to one tooth, act as restoration and anchor in a crown and bridge, and be the replacement teeth in dentures and partials.

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